2015-2021 GEAR UP College Readiness and Collaborative Communities (CRCC) Grant

The GEAR UP CRCC project served 54 middle/high schools in the School District of Philadelphia and works to build the capacity of schools to address the needs of students for college and career readiness preparation. A key component of the project was partnerships with local colleges and universities. For six years (2015-2021) PHENND led a team of six university partners who leveraged university resources (particularly college student volunteers) in support of the GEAR UP CRCC project.

PHENND managed a cohort of campus partners who in turn, recruited, trained, placed and managed college student volunteers using a “College Positive Volunteerism” framework. Primary activities included tutoring in math and English, college visits, career day speakers, and integration of service-learning courses.

Check out our gear_up_infographic that visualized the relationship between our campuses and partner schools.